Queer Film Festival
November 8-10 at HOTA Home of the Arts
Curated by Gold Coast Film Festival
These vivid and engaging films reveal the diversity of LGBTIQ culture and experience, showing not just what it means to live in today’s world but our history as well.
One thread to this year’s festival is of the 1920’s unconventional affair between literary icons Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf. Their Bloomsbury love story is depicted in Vita & Virginia, and the artistic results of their exploits seen in Orlando—adapted from Woolf’s ‘Orlando: A Biography’ a fictional novel written as a loveletter to Vita’s charm—and starring Tilda Swinton as a gendershifting noble who lives ageless through the centuries,and history’s shifting winds.
On a more comical local level, Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) also engages with juxtaposition of society’s changing, pitting a contemporary story of first love against the unwanted and outdated advice of Ellie’s dead aunt, returned to earth as a ‘fairy’ godmother who can only draw on her lived experience as determinedly out lesbian from the 1980s. Further afield, And Then We Danced and Monsoon explore new romances in Georgia and Vietnam, pitting the tentative discovery of love, passion and discovery of one’s own identity, against the weight of familial and cultural history.
Lovers of classics, dramas and comedies are all welcome to the Queer Film Festival. Reflecting on who we are and the intricacies of social shift is essential to film. Come join us and share the queer film experience.
Queer Film Festival is curated by Gold Coast Film Festival guest programmers John Edmond (Queensland Film Festival) and Shanon King (Brisbane Queer Film Festival).
Tuesday 10 November:
6.30pm – Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt)
Explore the program and book your tickets now.